Comments by trivet

  • Quack, quack, it's nice to be back.

    May 10, 2011

  • Thanks, friend!

    May 10, 2011

  • Adding, even if beal is also a festering pustule.

    May 9, 2011

  • Yesterday, I got hit by these.

    April 5, 2010

  • I'm rather scarce these days, but I drift by ever once and a while...

    April 5, 2010

  • *rubbing her burning ears*

    If you haven't properly been introduced, "sir" or "ma'am" is usually a safe bet.

    March 31, 2010

  • Not from Ojai or Santa Barbara, but I've spent some quality time there.

    January 25, 2010

  • When multi-potentiality is defined as multiple abilities and is accompanied by high motivation and multiple interests and opportunities, career indecision is then associated with the barrier referred to as the 'overchoice syndrome'.

    September 17, 2009

  • I think that most barbecue arguments, at heart, are ploy to get someone to take you out to dinner...

    June 12, 2009

  • Aaah, but the Finger Lakes region is quite different from other parts of New York. Full of crazy birders, for one thing. And Ithaca really is "gorges".

    June 10, 2009

  • Awww - 'round here, it is just an elbow sneeze, much less exciting.

    June 2, 2009

  • Odds are 3:1 for the tomcat/bowling scenario.

    June 2, 2009

  • 10,000 (Roman numeral/archaic)

    Alternative forms

    X, �?�?, CCIƆƆ, X̅, Ⅹ̅, ⅭⅭⅠↃↃ

    *quite likes whichbe's trinkets*

    May 30, 2009

  • *loves*

    May 29, 2009

  • I'm officially a liaison, but I don't use this word. It sits in the snake-oil section of my mental shelf.

    May 29, 2009

  • Welcome to the Pacific NW! *rummages in the welcome wagon* Here's a start for your list: skookum.

    May 1, 2009

  • Shezcrafti, you're my hero!

    May 1, 2009

  • Llamas are nice, but a bit standoffish. Like cats, really.

    Pookie was officially named after a one-L lama from a children's book, but as with most animals we owned, nobody used his given name.

    Sionnach, unless you are being facetious (I can't always tell), 4-H is a youth club that tends to be associated with rural areas in the United States. It started as a sneaky way to teach stubborn farmers new tricks. More here. Pookie and I won a blue ribbon in the obstacle course at the county fair.

    April 10, 2009

  • Also the name of my 4-H llama.

    April 10, 2009

  • *groans*

    April 10, 2009

  • Failing that, why not try bacon...

    April 9, 2009

  • Thanks, rolig.

    March 13, 2009

  • Thanks!

    March 12, 2009

  • What is the name of the larger?

    March 12, 2009

  • Mmmmmmmm!

    March 11, 2009

  • Me neither!

    March 11, 2009

  • I have a real one this time: spitless

    (I grew up in more of a G-rated environment than some of you other bored people...)

    March 11, 2009

  • My bad - that was an ennuiviated "me, three" to the boredom.

    March 11, 2009

  • Oh, random word, you never cease to surprise.

    March 11, 2009

  • three

    March 11, 2009

  • beeyotch

    February 26, 2009

  • Hey, we're serious about our berries, what can I say?

    Also, we invented the maraschino cherry.

    February 26, 2009

  • Mmmmm, pancakes!

    February 25, 2009

  • I think it would make a great dropped-a-brick-on-your-toe word: oo-theca!

    February 4, 2009

  • Jeopardy taught me last night that muslin is named for Mosul, Iraq. (Backed up by the wiki.)

    January 28, 2009

  • *whimpers*

    January 17, 2009

  • Air guitar is so gloriously impromptu, while guitar hero requires accessories and electricity and things. I don't think it'll ever fade away. Like a steering wheel drum kit, the air guitar is always there when you need it...

    January 15, 2009

  • *wonders about the probability of encountering an otter on the way home from work*

    January 15, 2009

  • Today's NYT.

    January 14, 2009

  • Founder?

    January 12, 2009

  • HAH!

    January 10, 2009

  • As I recall, both the hedgehogs and flamingos were more than a bit recalcitrant.

    January 10, 2009

  • Silly wordies, don't you know - you save the hair for stuffing pincushions...

    January 6, 2009

  • Uttered by my sister when offered a meringue - which she then ate.

    December 31, 2008

  • I know I'm late, but I've been away from teh interwebs. C_b, I enjoyed this list very much last year, I'm glad it has returned...

    December 31, 2008

  • Yarb, if you're still enjoying all things myrmecological, I'd reccomend The Ants by Bert Hölldobler & Edward O. Wilson.

    December 12, 2008

  • One of the hazards of working with injured wildlife.

    December 11, 2008

  • I know someone who had her nose broken by a plain old heron, I'd hate to see the damage one of these could do.

    December 11, 2008

  • The wasp and all his numerous family
    I look upon as a major calamity.
    He throws open his nest with prodigality,
    But I distrust his waspitality.

    -Ogden Nash

    December 6, 2008

  • The rhino is a homely beast,
    For human eyes he's not a feast.
    Farewell, farewell, you old rhinoceros,
    I'll stare at something less prepoceros.

    -Ogden Nash

    December 6, 2008

  • Bilby, I've swiped some of your latest citations for my Nash list.

    December 6, 2008

  • I can't think dingo without muttering scraps of The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo.

    December 4, 2008

  • Huh.

    *vows how to drop unhappy Household Foul into conversation today.*

    December 4, 2008

  • I'm just wondering what, exactly, could be described as unbirdly... What is the opposite of a bird?

    December 3, 2008

  • December 3, 2008

  • Llama song...

    November 26, 2008

  • Pshaw! Rhubarb pie is manna from heaven.

    November 25, 2008

  • Frindley, have you seen this?

    November 25, 2008

  • Do you make a dough and cut your biscuits, or drop batter onto a cookie sheet?

    I come from a long line of biscuit cutters, but I find that restaurant biscuits are more often dropped.

    November 25, 2008

  • Skipvia, your chart is my favorite and my best.

    There is also a sub-categorization for (American) biscuits - cut vs drop.

    November 25, 2008

  • I less than three this page.

    November 22, 2008

  • My favorite gyration citation:

    Ink and Blink in glee did gyrate
    Around the dragon that ate the pyrate.


    -Ogden Nash, The Tale of Custard the Dragon

    November 22, 2008

  • hah!

    November 22, 2008

  • How very illuminating. Thank you, my furry friends!

    (Special thanks to the bear for all the citations...)

    November 21, 2008

  • ps - eeew!

    November 21, 2008

  • Scraping or brushing an ulcer or surface that has granulations to stimulate the healing process.

    The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

    November 21, 2008

  • 1. The rank, jurisdiction, or office of a thane.
    2. The land held by a thane.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

    November 21, 2008

  • I say roughage. Or forage.

    November 21, 2008

  • Separating the individual fibres of a nerve trunk.

    Origin: Fr. (from L. Hirpex, a large rake), a harrowing

    Online Medical Dictionary, 5 March 2000

    November 21, 2008

  • n. 1. Boughs or branches.
    2. Warbling of birds in trees.
    a. 1. Wild; untamed.

    Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

    November 21, 2008

  • n. 1. The produce of animals yielding milk; milk and that which is made from it.

    Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

    November 21, 2008

  • Eeew!

    November 21, 2008

  • Lovely citation, bilby!

    November 21, 2008

  • Any relation to the water-skiing squirrel?

    November 20, 2008

  • If you give a tiger with a will, does it come with a month's supply of food and a little red bow?

    November 17, 2008

  • And another. (The "in room" view is the best, I couldn't find a better picture from the google, sorry)

    I may be developing an obsession with the nesting dolls. They are so cute, even when kiss-themed.

    November 15, 2008

  • I remember that there was a lot of sibling rivalry involved. Not all of ours had chocolate, though - sometimes there were just little pictures or verses. My German cousins always had a cooler calendar than ours.

    November 10, 2008

  • Sionnach, I love this list - 'specially the rare sheepies (even if you're missing my favorite).

    November 10, 2008

  • Couldn't help myself - but can't you just see the flaming gherkins raining down upon the spam...

    November 6, 2008

  • What about gherkins?

    November 6, 2008

  • John, the NYTimes site was/is most helpful, thanks!

    November 5, 2008

  • Darn! I was hoping you'd have some sort of special inside scoop.

    November 5, 2008

  • It is in Oregon, probably because the whole state votes by mail. Nice to get it over with, but we sometimes have a longer wait for results. They're getting better though.

    We're used to it enough that "voting parties" have become somewhat popular, I think because people miss the social aspects of going to the polls.

    November 5, 2008

  • The levers are the most satisfying, but I also like the kind we used to have where you colored in an arrow.

    November 5, 2008

  • Sometimes I wait longer to vote, but this time around I was pretty sure about all of the issues at hand. Mostly, I voted early because once your ballot has been received, the amount of campaign mail/political calls/door-to-door harassment dramatically decreases.

    November 5, 2008

  • I voted in my living room last week with a fresh cup of coffee, soothing music and my trusty number two pencil. I enjoy being able to vote at my leisure (and yell at the ballot, who am I kidding), but I miss going to a polling place and chatting with people in line and the volunteers.

    November 5, 2008

  • Neat! Do you know how they're getting data from Oregon?

    November 4, 2008

  • Third. Three cheers.

    November 4, 2008

  • Typhoon makes me think of the Wild-'n-Windy Typhoonigator from One Monster After Another.

    November 4, 2008

  • When I think of cyclone, I hate to say that the first things that come to mind are a carnival ride and chain-link fences, followed by a Southern Hemisphere hurricane.

    November 4, 2008

  • Thanks for the list name URLs, John!

    November 2, 2008

  • Like this?

    November 1, 2008

  • See marmite.

    Edit: and Zelena zelena.

    October 31, 2008

  • See arrrrrugula.

    October 31, 2008

  • I'd say that a cadaver is a medical specimen and a corpse is a dead body. If that helps...

    October 30, 2008

  • *favorites*

    October 28, 2008

  • I found some DIY directions, but according to the wiki "older bars" are happy to conduct the ceremony.

    Here is what wikitravel had to say:

    The use of an actual fish is rare, though, especially since the introduction of the cod moritorum. Kissing a real codfish is discouraged by many, not to mention possibly unhygienic, so an imitation cod, made of wood, plastic, or rubber is used.

    October 24, 2008

  • I can't think of this word without remembering my grandmother. She had long, narrow feet that were hard to fit, especially back in the twenties when she was a bright young thing. When recalling shopping for dancing shoes in her youth (size 11), "All they ever had were brogues!"

    October 23, 2008

  • I very much enjoyed that article.

    October 23, 2008

  • Oooh! Shotgun!

    October 23, 2008

  • If I were king, I'd be inclined to have more of a no touchie policy, not being down with the sharing of scabrous lesions.

    October 23, 2008

  • *kowtows*

    October 22, 2008

  • Oil of Old Age.

    October 22, 2008

  • Sounds like an insult to me:
    "You're a globular sleighbell!"
    "I'm telling!"

    October 22, 2008

  • *yoink!*

    October 22, 2008

  • Nope, just astroturf.

    October 22, 2008

  • Your mother had a waaaay cooler fabric store to shop at than mine did. The one we went to had a pen on the porch to put the children in.

    October 21, 2008

  • I would call them all cheese graters. Plus the kind my mother brought home once that looked kind of like a spaceship. It had three legs that folded down so you could put it right over the bowl you were using and a kind of a hatch to put the cheese in. I tried to find a picture on teh interwebs, but I don't think that particular model was successful.

    October 20, 2008

  • I've always heard/said tinker's toot.







    ps - Why does heard look so freakish in print?

    October 20, 2008

  • *ponders a relocation to Newfoundland*

    October 17, 2008

  • I am a centurion, toothbrush on my head. -Eddie Izzard

    October 17, 2008

  • Can't believe they were left out of Dad School. Or is it the plural?

    Edit: nope - Hawaiian shirt is a ghostie.

    October 17, 2008

  • I discovered this over on hyena butter. *favorited*

    October 16, 2008

  • *is humbled*

    October 16, 2008

  • *loves*

    October 16, 2008

  • It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that chickpeas were actually fancy garbanzos.

    October 15, 2008

  • *favorited!*

    October 15, 2008

  • Thanks!

    October 14, 2008

  • I can't decide if I like the little vampire egg or the deranged beaver best. Thanks, Pro!

    October 14, 2008

  • I'm with reesetee.

    October 14, 2008

  • Named for a river in what is now Turkey.

    Wiki sez:

    The term derives from the river known to the ancient Greeks as (Μαίανδ�?ος) Maiandros or Maeander, characterised by a very convoluted path along the lower reach. As such, even in Classical Greece the name of the river had become a common noun meaning anything convoluted and winding, such as decorative patterns or speech and ideas, as well as the geomorphological feature. Strabo said: "... its course is so exceedingly winding that everything winding is called meandering."

    The Meander River is located in present-day Turkey, south of Izmir, eastward the ancient Greek town of Miletus, now Turkish Milet. It flows through a graben in the Menderes Massif, but has a flood plain much wider than the meander zone in its lower reach. In the Turkish name, the Büyük Menderes River, Menderes is from "Meander".

    October 14, 2008

  • Ooooh, another ungulate! Thanks for the lovely tidbit, c_b.

    October 13, 2008

  • I have some -ages here.

    October 13, 2008

  • Delicious!

    October 8, 2008

  • The otters were going one way and she was going the other. By the time she realized she had interrupted the otter swimming lessons and turned around, it was too late. The mother otter saw a giant pink thing heading for her babies and attacked. The otter backed off and took her family to an elsewhere once my friend got out of the way. People helped her out of the river and got her to the hospital for stitches and a rabies shot. She's got a scar on her shoulder and a story to tell. I don't know what happened to the otters. My classmate's father vowed vengeance, but I never heard if he was successful. I hope the otters just moved upstream and continued their otter business.

    Otters are some of my favorite animals, but I keep my distance, no matter how cuddly Gavin Maxwell makes them seem.

    October 8, 2008

  • A classmate of mine in high school accidentally got between a mother otter and her babies at the swimming hole. There were many stitches.

    October 8, 2008

  • Skipvia, your cat is pretty much awesome.

    *Looks wistfully out the window for a moose*

    October 8, 2008

  • *groan*

    October 8, 2008

  • My cousin once took a sharpie to my little sister's Care Bear purse, turning them all into Scare Bears, complete with dripping fangs and devil horns. The effort was not well received.

    October 6, 2008

  • A mackerel named Steve.

    October 3, 2008

  • Mmmmmm, beets! I like 'em roasted, pickled, borschted, stewed with their tops.... And you can use them to make purple noodles.

    October 1, 2008

  • Iced dam or ice dam?

    October 1, 2008

  • When Synonym isn't good enough anymore.

    October 1, 2008

  • Pro, you forgot capitalization - or is that being saved for WordiePRO 2.0?

    October 1, 2008

  • If the random word is a wordie magic 8 ball (see Iroquois), do I need to start picking out my evil name?

    September 30, 2008

  • Oh. My.

    September 29, 2008

  • with (brass) knobs on: (British & Australian, humorous)

    If you describe something as a particular thing with knobs on, you mean it has similar qualities to that thing but they are more extreme. Disney World was like an ordinary amusement park with knobs on.

    Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms © Cambridge University Press 1998

    September 27, 2008

  • Yarb, cold pizza in the morning is manna from heaven. Microwaving cold pizza is an abomination. It gets all slimy and nasty. Leftover pizza should eaten cold (especially before noon), but if you must reheat it, use the toaster oven.

    September 27, 2008

  • Kosher bacon salt? *boggles*

    September 25, 2008

  • Don't you mean angbay?

    September 25, 2008

  • heh-heh-heh

    September 25, 2008

  • I like that you can only add comments to words themselves, rather than replying to specific comments.

    ps - John, the most commentated (active?) list is mega cool with knobs, thanks!

    September 25, 2008

  • This is what happens if you leave 7th graders alone with a soda machine.

    September 24, 2008

  • Beck. I think it was on his first album.

    September 24, 2008

  • Me, too - it is one of my mother's favorite descriptors. "Cold as a witch's tit out there today."

    September 23, 2008

  • Sounds like the symptoms of a mandatory picnic.

    September 22, 2008

  • Feel free to send them my way. Mmmmm, brownies...

    *wanders off to the kitchen*

    September 21, 2008

  • Even google has gotten into the game.

    PS - how much do pirate piercings cost?

    September 20, 2008

  • Arrr! Reesetee for teh win! I suggest we head over to the Wordie ARRRRms for a round of grog.

    September 19, 2008

  • What kind of socks does a pirate wear?

    September 19, 2008

  • And graphjam strikes again.

    September 18, 2008

  • Sounds like a good book, chained_bear!

    September 17, 2008

  • Okay -

    All heifers must get bangs vaccinated before reaching one year or being sold.

    Where I grew up, at least, not only did they have to have paper record of vaccine, but each cow was also given a tattoo and an orange ear tag with the record number. I was in charge of inking ears and loading the tagger.

    September 17, 2008

  • Another name for brucellosis.

    September 17, 2008

  • Also called bangs, 'specially when referring to vaccination.

    remembering afternoons of my childhood spent brushing on ink for bangs tattoos...

    September 17, 2008

  • What kind of newt? Because some of them can be quite charming.

    September 17, 2008

  • Exactly! (although I rather got the impression that many of the trailers were being produced for grocery store novels...) Either way, bah! Whatever happened to a nice old-fashioned trip to the bookstore? Poking through the aisles, picking up likely prospects for closer inspection, maybe flipping through a few pages...*grumble*

    September 17, 2008

  • Ack! When this story came on the radio, I thought at first that they were talking about the excerpts of other books you sometimes find at the back of a grocery store novel. I am somewhat appalled. Although I was intrigued by the idea of teachers assigning trailers as novel-related class projects.

    September 17, 2008

  • Nice!

    September 17, 2008

  • Government?

    September 16, 2008

  • Unless you prefer the techno version.

    September 16, 2008

  • PS, the google googly eyes have more than made up for my featureless stapler. Thanks, Prolagus!

    September 16, 2008

  • But reesetee, do those glass eyes google?

    September 16, 2008

  • Speaking of German ducks...

    September 16, 2008

  • I want googly eyes on my stapler!
    *pouts*

    September 15, 2008

  • Sorry. Try this, then.

    September 15, 2008

  • Where the sun don't ever shine...

    September 15, 2008

  • Here in the states, I often hear them called play structures, which is rather uninspiring.

    When I was growing up, we had some trees and a hedge that fit the bill.

    What I always wanted was a tree house.

    September 15, 2008

  • Here is an interesting spin on the nesting doll....

    September 11, 2008

  • marshmallow

    September 3, 2008

  • PS - chained_bear, I've fallen in love with McSweeney's again, thank you!

    August 30, 2008

  • Like this. My father had one once.

    August 29, 2008

  • The Questing Beast, or the Beast Glatisant (Barking Beast), is a monster from Arthurian legend, the subject of quests by famous knights like King Pellinore, Sir Palamedes, and Sir Percival. The strange creature has the head and neck of a serpent, the body of a leopard, the haunches of a lion and the feet of a hart. Its name comes from the great noise it emits from its belly, a barking like "thirty couple hounds questing".

    In my mind, the noise has always been closer to "wheek!"

    August 29, 2008

  • I hear it most often as a descriptor for a lackluster event/effort.

    August 28, 2008

  • See for yourself.

    August 15, 2008

  • Prima donna, diva?

    August 15, 2008

  • My favorite "W" bumper sticker had the big W, and then under the little flag were the letters TF. (like this I almost drove off the road.

    August 14, 2008

  • Graph.

    August 12, 2008

  • Very nice, thank you!

    August 12, 2008

  • Um, yes, actually.

    August 11, 2008

  • That's another list.

    August 11, 2008

  • Thanks, bilby!

    August 10, 2008

  • Poor Mary Sue.

    August 8, 2008

  • I think somewhere around here is when I made this list.

    August 8, 2008

  • The great Duke of Wellington
    Reduced himself to a skellington.
    He reached seven stone two,
    And then Waterloo !

    August 8, 2008

  • I knew you were good people, Prolagus. Is that why you play with skellingtons all day?

    August 8, 2008

  • Yarb - such a charming earworm - 10 gold stars.

    I wrote a report on pangolins in the 7th grade because they are teh alsome.

    August 8, 2008

  • Reminds me of Achilles in My Family and Other Animals.

    edit - what happened to the underline?

    August 7, 2008

  • My cat's favorite summer pastime.

    August 7, 2008

  • This could almost go on that dots list, wherever it is. Hmmmm, demon elk minions... I could use some of those.

    August 6, 2008

  • I think it looks like a diamond ring.

    August 6, 2008

  • On the short list of things I miss about living in Louisiana.

    August 6, 2008

  • The only thing that I want from vomit is to be left alone. And far away.

    August 5, 2008

  • Best vomit ever‽ *boggles*

    August 5, 2008

  • In Louisiana, you can buy wine, beer and some liquor in the grocery store. Or, if you're in a hurry, just grab a drive-through daiquiri...

    August 5, 2008

  • Heliotrope? Heavens to Betsy?

    August 2, 2008

  • On top of spaghetti....

    August 1, 2008

  • *loves*

    August 1, 2008

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